The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Reviews
A powerful and provocative film about redemption, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is one of the surprise hits of 2005. This film is about the untimely death of Melquiades Estrada, a Mexican befriended by a local rancher in a small Texas border town hellbent on administering justice to a new hot-headed, racist Border Patrolmen who's poor judgment and itchy trigger finger inadvertently cost Estrada his life.
Set in the beautiful backdrop of Texas and Mexico, this powerful and spellbinding film is a great story of redemption. It also displays the unbreakable bond of friendship, even in the face of intolerance where to befriend a Mexican was frowned upon.
This film strives off the charisma of it's two leads: Tommy Lee Jones as the vigilante rancher and Barry Pepper as the ill-tempered Border Patrolman. However, Pepper really steals the show here. No disrespect to Jones, but his character was fairly one dimensional, and he plays that kind of character with ease. Pepper's transformation from a narrow-minded bigot to a broken man begging for deliverance was absolutely brilliant. Pepper proves once again that he is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. There are also some strong performances in smaller roles from January Jones as Pepper's neglected wife and Dwight Yoakem as the town sheriff.
Points taken off for some minor plot holes, including the fact that Lee inevitably would've been caught by police before reaching his long destination in Mexico.
Regardless, watch this for the riveting performance by Barry Pepper.
"I'm sorry, Melquiades! For taking your life, I'm sorry! "
Barry Pepper also gives a very surprising performance. I love him in 'Private Ryan' and I can say the same thing here. He is Hollywood's one of the most underrated actors.
its ok but weird reli weird
Pete Perkins: My name is Pete.
Mike Norton: Well, Pete, the ants are eating your friend.
A very neat story, directed by Tommy Lee Jones. Jones is a rancher, whose Mexican friend is killed in a matter of circumstance by a border patrolman, Barry Pepper. Because of this, Jones kidnaps him and takes him and his friends body on a journey to Mexico in order to bury his friend and make Pepper's character pay for what he has done. Written by the writer of 21 Grams, the movie, at the begining is told in a nonlinear fashion, but eventually things start to click together about half hour into it, and it really comes together. Very good acting, neat style and a very good story.
In taking Guillermo Arragia's script, Tommy Lee Jones has crafted a masterful film that'd have you believing he'd been directing for donkey's. Arrigia's script for Three Burials is as dense, involving and beautiful as his previous work for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and also a superb pseudo-western.
Working a piece that vibrates along many genres, Three Burials is a sumptous piece about US border policy. As you'd expect from Arrigia, the structure is nonlinear, but not showy; it instead realy compliments the style of the storytelling, making this a subtle, highly unusual revenge drama about the difficulty of honouring a friend's wishes.
Jones is the star, but garners as much screen time as everyone else, playing a flawed character who sees no contradiction in himself between caring for his friend's body and sleeping with the town whores. The rest of the cast are committed too, but special not must got to Barry Pepper who (once again) steals the show without resorting to theatrics.